Friday, March 03, 2017

Loving One Another

Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt

I live and love in God's peculiar light. Michelangelo 
"To love one another" is to walk in the Light! While we cannot explain God, by faith we demonstrate His love when we love others. Christian love is choosing to treat others with respect, with or without feelings of affection. To say we live in God's light and act with contradiction - with envy or jealousy, anger or criticism, pride or arrogance - we are not being truthful. When our actions offer compassion, peace, joy, humility, and generosity, we are living and loving in God's peculiar light.

...This commandment - to love one another - is the same message you have heard before. Yet it is also new. This commandment is true in Christ and is true among you, because the darkness is disappearing and the true light is already shining. 1 John 2:7-8 NLT 

When we seek deeper, more intimate relationships, love must be present. Without this component, there is no evidence of a meaningful relationship with God or between us and another. As we grow spiritually, our love becomes an outward manifestation of our inward beliefs. By sending Christ as His love offering, God teaches us how to love by example, by loving us more than we can even understand love.

READ 1 John 2:7-11

consider this!

- How can the message to 'love one another' be both old and new?
- How does a Christian wander in spiritual darkness?
- How do you love?

Holy One - You love me more than words; You call me to love others. The world tells me to love myself most but does not love me at all. The contrast of light and darkness shouts! Jesus, the True Light, guide me through this dark world. Help me grow my love in You. Amen. -dho

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